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CIPD: Change management will drive learning and development

11 April 2011

Learning and development (L&D) programmes will be characterised by a greater emphasis on change management over the next two years, new research has indicated.

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) identified this area as one of the top three business activities set to receive the most attention from L&D specialists.

The study found that a focus on organisational change is becoming an increasingly important part of the role for those with L&D responsibilities, largely due to ongoing economic volatility and public sector spending cuts.

Dr John McGurk, learning and talent planning adviser at the CIPD, said these twin challenges will require "workforces that are change-ready and future-focused, and equipped with the necessary skills to drive change in the long term".

The report also uncovered a gap in current leadership skills in the area of managing change initiatives.

Last month, guidance from the CIPD suggested managers looking to achieve high levels of employee engagement must provide their workforce with regular feedback and a degree of autonomy.

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